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Construction Accidents from Moving Heavy Loads

By William Chanfrau, Jr. on December 22, 2016

A load lifted by a craneConstruction accidents can lead to severe and even fatal injuries, which is why it's so important to have skilled lawyers on your side in these cases. We will fight diligently for you and your legal rights every step of the way, and we will make sure that you have strong advocates for your case.

Whenever there is a heavy load or a heavy object at a construction site, great caution must be taken in order to avoid serious injuries. Whether it's a girder, brick or masonry, pallets, or large objects that people are meant to transport manually, the risk of injury must be taken into account. Be cautious at your workplace or site, and be sure to note all proper safety protocols.

Loads Falling from Shelves or Forklifts

A number of injuries are caused by heavy objects falling from shelves or storage areas. The same can be said of heavy objects falling from forklifts. These kinds of incidents can be very serious should the items fall on someone in the vicinity, such as a worker, a bystander, or even the forklift operator.

Heavy Loads Falling from Cranes

When dealing with major construction jobs and large objects such as girders or concrete structures, the crane operator must be diligent. Issues with crane operation, malfunction of the crane itself, or weak cables can cause loads to fall, putting anyone near the impact area in great danger.

Heavy Objects at the Edge of a Building or Scaffolding

Heavy objects are often hauled to higher levels of a building or on scaffolding around a building. If the objects are too close to the edge, they can fall and cause severe injuries. Any heavy objects should be kept well away from ledges and properly secured.

Injuries from Manually Lifting Heavy Loads

It's no surprise that construction workers may be required to lift heavy objects. This can lead to serious strain over time, or if a worker does not use proper form in bending and lifting. These kinds of incidents can result in various spinal injuries, lumbar injuries, and muscle strains.

Ways of Avoiding Serious Accidents

The best way to avoid serious accidents such as those listed above is to follow proper OSHA standards and to exercise common sense at a workplace. Be sure to look out for your co-workers and consider if bystanders may be affected by what's happening. For any heavy loads that are too much for a single person to carry, be sure to get assistance from a fellow co-worker to avoid serious harm.

Considering Your Legal Rights in Work Injuries

After a work injury has occurred, you may have legal recourse if there was negligence exhibited by your employer or a third party. Be sure to consult with one of our attorneys about such issues if they arise. We can offer skilled counsel and help determine the best course of action given your situation.

Similarly, those denied workers' compensation insurance after a work injury can discuss their option with our lawyers. We can offer counsel to help ensure that your rightful claim goes through. We will fight for you every step of the way.

Learn More About Your Legal Options

For more information about your legal options after a major workplace injury, be sure to contact our team of personal injury lawyers today. The legal team at Chanfrau & Chanfrau will work with you to obtain just compensation.

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